Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

What is it?

The Penny Stamps Speaker Series (ARTDES 160) brings a diverse range of world-class creative practitioners to the Michigan Theater every Thursday of the academic calendar at 5:10 pm. This is your chance to hear from thought-leaders in your field, network with creative movers and shakers, and open yourself up to a wide range of views. Stamps Speaker Series events are designed to spark your imagination and instigate community dialogue. Your conversations after Speaker Series events may prove to be just as thought-provoking as the talks themselves. If you’d like to refer back to the talks, a video of nearly every lecture in the series is archived online within 10 days of the live event at stamps.umich.edu/stamps.

Do I have to attend?

Yes! Students must enroll in the 1-credit/semester Speaker Series and attend the weekly lecture each semester through all four years of the program.

In order to pass, you have to attend, listen, allow others to listen, and follow the instructions for getting your attendance recorded.

What happens if I have to miss a lecture?

The course requirements allow two missed lectures. Additional absences must be arranged with the professor or the result will be failure of the course.

What happens if I fail?

Failing the lecture series will put you on academic probation. If you fail it more than once, you must take ARTDES 398 to replace the lost credits. ARTDES 398 cannot meet any other Stamps requirement when taken to make up for lecture series credits.

Dinner with the Speaker

Interested in meeting a particular Stamps Series speaker? Contact Chrisstina Hamilton, Director of Stamps Visitors Program, to request a seat at dinner with your idol.

Attendance Slips

It is considered a violation of the Stamps Academic Integrity Policy to submit an attendance slip other than your own.

Students who study abroad for one semester, or who fail the Stamps Lecture Series once, must earn an additional academic credit to make up for the missed Lecture Series credit.